JUNE 29, 2017

MTC's Resident Company Mad Cat Theatre, Presents Firemen Are Rarely Necessary

A dark comedy about some light censorship – written by Theo Reyna. This production is made possible by a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant awarded to Mad Cat as part of their Banned/New Series

FIREMEN ARE RARELY NECESSARY

A DARK COMEDY ABOUT SOME LIGHT CENSORSHIP

PRESENTED BY MTC IN COLLABORATION WITH MAD CAT THEATRE COMPANY WORLD PREMIERE PLAY BY THEO REYNA

DIRECTED BY PAUL TEI

FEATURING DEBORAH L. SHERMAN, NOAH LEVINE,

JORDON ARMSTRONG, AND MAHA MCCAIN

 

Miami, FL (June 2017) – Miami Theater Center (MTC), in collaboration with Mad Cat Theatre Company, end the season on a provocative note with Firemen are Rarely Necessary – a dark comedy about some light censorship – written by Theo Reyna. This production is made possible by a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant awarded to Mad Cat as part of their Banned/New Series. Firemen are Rarely Necessary is the second play this season to address censorship, following Mad Cat’s production of Vaclav Havel’s Audience and Protest – two short plays exploring freedom of speech and expression in Czechoslovakia under a totalitarian regime.

 

Fireman are Rarely Necessary examines what happens when it becomes increasingly difficult to find the right words to describe a world where things have gone terribly wrong. The story is set in Florida, in the not-so-distant future. In 2011, Florida’s Governor has banned the use of the phrases “climate change” and “global warming” by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. By 2015, he had the ban extended to most other state agencies. Environmental journalist, Mara Lowe, receives the tip of her life. Toxic waste is eroding Florida’s limestone bedrock. Determined to get to the truth, Lowe sets out to unravel a conspiracy involving big business, censorship, and the Governor himself.

 

Written by one of Mad Cat’s resident playwrights, Theo Reyna, and directed by Mad Cat Theatre founder, Paul Tei, Firemen are Rarely Necessary features actors Deborah L. Sherman (appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association), Noah Levine, Jordon Armstrong, and Maha McCain; with set and light design by David Nail; costumes by Karelle Levy; film and projections by Ted Chambers; and sound design by Matt Corey.

 

Concluding its 17th Anniversary Season – Mad Cat is MTC’s first official Resident Company. Mad Cat has become known as Miami’s irreverent, intrepid theater company that fosters new and local talent by commissioning and producing avant-garde shows, as well as works by celebrated playwrights. The company began presenting shows in MTC’s SandBox, a 50-seat black box space, in August of 2013. Previously, Mad Cat’s plays could be seen at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater and subsequently at Miami Light Project’s Light Box dating back to 2000.

 

“Our goal is to further establish MTC as a premier hub for innovative theater and culture in the heart of Miami Shores, and I am delighted that Mad Cat is part of the MTC family,” says Stephanie Ansin, MTC’s Founder and Artistic Director. “We share a passion for artistic integrity and a commitment to offer South Florida audiences a brand of theater that cannot be found elsewhere in our community.” Ansin adds, “Mad Cat’s irreverent, intelligent brand of theater is vital to the South Florida theater landscape, and we believe this new venture will further strengthen MTC’s role as Miami’s home for original and cutting-edge work.”

 

MTC invites you to experience the “all-around mad genius” of Mad Cat Theatre’s director, Paul Tei, and his talented company members. As the Miami New Times says, “Mad Cat produces theater that is everything good theater should be: witty, intelligent, daring, and thought-provoking.”

Firemen are Rarely Necessary premieres Thursday, June 29th and runs through Sunday, July, 16th. Show times are 8pm Thursdays through Sundays in The Sandbox at MTC. General admission tickets cost $30. Students and seniors with ID are $15, and Industry can purchase tickets on Thursdays and Sundays only for $15.

 

Firemen are Rarely Necessary

June 29 – July 16, 2017

 

A dark comedy that shines a light on censorship. In Florida’s not-so-distant future, it’s increasingly difficult to find the right words to describe a world where things have gone terribly wrong.

 

Thursdays – Sundays at 8pm

Tickets: General Admission $30

Students and Seniors with ID $15

Industry on Thursdays and Sundays ONLY $15

 

Miami Theater Center – Sandbox

 

Tickets may be purchased online at www.madcattheatre.org, www.mtcmiami.org, or by MTC box office phone number: 305-751-9550.

 

ABOUT MAD CAT THEATRE

Born in 2000, Mad Cat Theatre Company’s mission is to provide theatre that provokes its audience to reimagine its surrounding world.  To promote debate by creating work that illuminates the darker regions of our mental and emotional landscapes.  To sniff out and ultimately create brazen stories that explore the hypermodernity of society.  Mad Cat Theatre Company is committed to deconstructing itself and its environment through original works, adaptations, multi-media, live music, dance, puppetry and poetry.

Mad Cat Theatre Company, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Organization.  All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Visit www.madcattheatre.org for all information regarding Mad Cat Theatre Company.

 

ABOUT MIAMI THEATER CENTER

Your Home for Culture and the Arts

Led by Miami native and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, Miami Theater Center creates, develops, and produces stimulating, inspiring, and thought-provoking productions for audiences of all ages and abilities. We are committed to providing the very best in cultural value to our community, and to ensuring that everyone who enters our theater or engages with our organization feels the warmth of our welcome, and the transformational power of the performing arts.

MTC’s initiatives include: MTCperformance, innovative theater, dance, and music; MTCeducation, learning opportunities for students, professionals, and members of the general public; and MTCfilm, independent, foreign, family, and art films presented in partnership with O Cinema. For more information, visit www.mtcmiami.org or call 305.751.9550.

MEDIA CONTACTS

 

Tyler Sminkey | JWI PR | tyler@jwipr.com | 786.390.8510

 

Jessica Wade Pfeffer | JWI PR | jessica@jwipr.com | 305.804.8424

 

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